Overdrive, one of the leading vendors for audio and ebooks, music and video for public libraries announced that they will offer around 3000 titles ( 15% of the entire collection) on MP3 format without DRM, so library customers can use them on their phones, MP3 players, iPods and PCs.
Up to know Overdrive was offering their collection in Windows Media Audio (WMA) format with digital rights management (DRM), which was incompatible with iPods, MP3 players and iPods.
"OverDrive CEO Steve Potash said the policy change emerged from demand in the library market, OverDrive’s track record, and “some recent moves in the audiobook retail market,” including an announcement by Random House that it would make its audiobook titles available without DRM in the MP3 format."
Overdrive negotiated permissions from Apple to offer MP3 for iPods without DRM. On library pages users will see availability of audio books in WMA and MP3 formats. Overdrive is also working on new coding to discourage library customers from unauthorized use of MP3 files.
Via: Library Journal